Wayne Rooney set to become D.C United manager

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Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set to become D.C United manager.

Former Derby boss Wayne Rooney has agreed to be the D.C United next manager following the dismissal of Hernan Losada in April, according to the Athletic.

The former Manchester United captain is set to join up with the U.S club once the final details are worked up and acquires the necessary visa.

D.C United has been under the stewardship of interim manager Chad Ashton, but the results haven’t get better, including a 7-0 defeat to Philadelphia Union.

Rooney will manage the side with which he spent 15 months as a player back in 2018-19. That spell was largely viewed as successful, though there was a sense that he could have made an even bigger impact had he stuck around for the entirety of what was originally a 3½-year contract.

Rooney returned to England to not only join Championship side Derby County as a player-coach, but also because his family had found it difficult to settle in the U.S. He eventually became Derby’s manager after Phillip Cocu was fired following a woeful start to the 2020-21 season.

Rooney’s guidance, Derby managed to avoid relegation on the final day of the campaign.

The English Football League docked Derby 12 points for entering administration. The Rams were later deducted an additional nine points for breaching EFL accounting rules. While Rooney was lauded for keeping Derby competitive, the penalties proved too great, and the Rams were relegated.

The former Derby boss then resigned his position following the conclusion of the season.

Regarded as one of the best of his generation, Rooney is the top goal scorer for Manchester United with 253 goals in all competitions. He holds the same mark for the England national team, as well as the most appearances for an outfield player, scoring 53 goals in 120 appearances.



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